A Chinese Chan-based mind-body intervention for patients with depression.

Author: Chan AS, Wong QY, Sze SL, Kwong PP, Han YM, Cheung MC.
Affiliation: Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China; Integrative Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Center, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China; Henan Songshan Research Institute for Chanwuyi, Henan 452470, China.
Conference/Journal: J Affect Disord.
Date published: 2012 Jul 25
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Given the recent growing interest and encouraging findings in studies of alternative treatments for depression, the present randomized controlled trial study aimed to compare the effect of a newly developed Chinese Chan-based Dejian Mind-Body Intervention (DMBI) with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on improving depressive symptoms in patients with depression.
Seventy-five participants diagnosed with major depressive disorder were randomly assigned to receive either 10-session CBT or DMBI, or placed on a waitlist. Pre-post measurements included record of anti-depressants treatment, ratings by psychiatrists who were blinded to the experimental design and self-report on mood measures, and performance in a cognitive test tapping concentration ability.
Both the CBT and DMBI groups demonstrated significantly reduced overall depressive syndrome after intervention at large effect size (0.93-1.10). Furthermore, the DMBI group (p<0.05), but not the CBT or waitlist groups, demonstrated significant reduction in intake of anti-depressants, and significant improvement in specific depression-related symptoms including difficulty in concentration (p=0.002), and problems in gastrointestinal health (p=0.02) and overall sleep quality (p<0.001).
This study has provided some evidence for the short-term effect of the DMBI on Chinese population. Its long-term effect on a larger sample and on Caucasian population warrants further investigation.
The present findings suggest that a Chinese Chan-based Mind-Body intervention has positive effects on improving mood and health conditions of individuals with depression.
Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.
PMID: 22840618